Liverpool and Tottenham have been handed a major boost in signing FC Porto star Christian Atsu. The winger revealed he wants a move to England in the summer after rejecting an offer to sign a contract extension with the Portuguese club.
The 21-year-old has a year left on his contract but Porto risk losing the player on a free transfer a year later. The situation has now alerted the English clubs as the Reds and the north London club are keen on landing Atsu in the upcoming transfer window.
"I spoke with the FC Porto directors before joining up with the national team and informed them that I will not be signing a new contract. Hopefully we can find a solution as soon as possible," Atsu told the Mirror.
"My dream was always to play in England, and it is very nice to see my name associated with big clubs in the Premier League. For now, I'm focused on the international games but I see my future in England. I hope to have more news soon," he added.
Atsu has made no secret of his love for the English game as the winger had earlier admitted he dreams of playing in the Premier League. Atsu has long been a transfer target for Liverpool and Tottenham as both clubs have been tracking Porto star since last summer.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is believed to want to offload winger Stewart Downing and Atsu could be a replacement for the England international in the wider position at Anfield.
Meanwhile, Tottenham are destined to lose Real Madrid transfer target Gareth Bale in the summer. The Welsh international's agent Jonathan Barnett revealed the winger would listen to offers from the Spanish club for his client's services.
Andre Villas-Boas has already worked with Atsu at Porto, his former club. Should Bale leave White Hart Lane in the summer, the Portuguese manager can then turn his attention to landing the winger as a replacement for the Welshman.
With one year remaining on his current deal, Atsu would be available for £8m in the summer. The winger's asking price would match Liverpool and Tottenham's transfer budget.